The Future of Press Freedom in Russia

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With just a fraction of Russian media outlets still in government hands, Russian leaders today celebrate what they say is new era of diverse opinions and press freedoms. Yet, those working in the media often criticize the intimidation that some say still emanates from powerful political and business interests. At least one foreign correspondent — quoting leaked US diplomatic cables — has gone so far as to call modern Russia a “virtual mafia state.”

With another election season around the corner, Global Journalist takes a look at the current state of politics and press freedom in Russia. Join us as we talk with journalists both inside and exiled from Russia, as this week, we take a hard look at Putin's return to power and what that could mean for the future.